Speechless. This is how I feel several times throughout this story and how I feel once it ends. I don’t want it to be over. No other story has ever hit me this hard. I know I will experience moments of joy and despair in the days to come just thinking about this book.
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Every Day by David Levithan is the story of a person named “A”, who wakes up in a different body every day of his/her life. As far back as A can remember, this has happened. It always happens with someone of the same age, and in the same general area. Currently, A is going from body to body around Maryland. This character has no gender. A wakes up as a woman about as often as he wakes up as a man. Which makes it even more fascinating when it turns into a compelling love story.
The story begins with A waking up in the body of a guy named Justin. A immediately recognizes that Justin isn’t a good guy. But that doesn’t really matter. While the scenery changes for A, the goal is to keep the lives of the bodies he/she inhabits the same. Undisturbed. A can access memories of these people, but the emotions and thoughts belong to him/her while there. Justin goes to school that morning just like any other day. He is greeted by his girlfriend, Rhiannon, at his locker. A is instantly enchanted by her, but based on Justin’s memories, it’s clear that he is not enchanted by her. Not anymore. They’ve been together for over a year, but Justin takes her for granted and is just going through the motions.
A’s priorities shift from being a quiet, respectful guest to these bodies, to doing whatever it takes to be near Rhiannon. Their love story, so complex, so beautiful, leaves you with a burning question.
Can you truly love someone regardless of their physical appearance?
This is what Rhiannon must figure out, as she gets to know A in all of the faces he shows up in.
Here are four more reasons this book will leave you breathless.
1. The plot sounds crazy at first, but it works. Not even for a moment was I questioning if this could really happen. It felt real. I felt A’s pain when Rhiannon had trouble seeing past the female or overweight male body he/she was in for the day to the real person inside. I felt the magic when she did see the real A, and they could experience all the things that go along with first loves.
2. A knows how to love selflessly, completely, no matter the circumstances. Everything about A makes you want to be better in your own life.
3. A never doubts the person he/she is. The self love that A exhibits is incredible. Especially for a sixteen-year-old. A knows right from wrong, and wants every life marked by his/her stay to be better than it was before. A has the ability to love selflessly because A loves the person he/she is.
4. Here’s an excerpt from the day A spent as Hugo, when Hugo and Hugo’s boyfriend attend a gay pride parade:
“In my experience, desire is desire, love is love. I have never fallen in love with a gender. I have fallen for individuals. I know it’s hard for people to do, but I don’t understand why it’s so hard, when it’s so obvious.”
In the comments below, answer this: If you could live like A, in someone else’s body for the day, who would you choose?
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